Oregon Crusaders


Other Names:Dickinson’s Oregon Crusaders, Southern Oregon Crusaders

Portland, OR United States
Founded: 2001

Active Junior
Open Class
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
2000 Music With a Latin Flair - Livin' la Vida Loca * Smooth * Hot, Hot, Hot  
2001 Fantasia 2000 - Fifth Symphony * The Sorcerer's Apprentice * Firebird Suite  
2002 The Storm (from Stormworks) * Mourning of Destruction (from Stormworks) * Rebuilding (from Stormworks)  
2003 Mysterious Mountain - A tribute to the music of Alan Hovhaness - Mysterious Mountain (Symphony no. 2) * Mount St. Helens Symphony (Symphony 50)  
2004 301 87.425 Metro Metal - Bronze: Ride * Silver: Sleep * Gold: Tempered Steel  
2005 208 88.600 The Sands of Time - Festival of Light * Vintage * Original Music  
2006 204 92.675 Echo - Echo * Snow Caps * Equus  
2007 305 80.775 Gates - 1000 Airplanes on the Roof * Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra * Acrostic Song (from Final Alice) * Wild Nights (from Harmonium)  
2008 204 93.025 Inner Connections - Inner Connections  
2009 208 87.950 Equilibrium - Philadelphia Stories  
2010 202 94.000 Dance of the Flames - The Dance of the Flames * Arabian Waltz * Of Sailors and Whales * Hope (from The Prayer Cycle) * Kingfishers Catch Fire  
2011 22 75.150 The Blue Hour - Moonlight Sonata * Blue Shades * Hymn to a Blue Hour * Variaciones Concertantes, Op. 23  
2012 19 77.450 Dreaming In Color - Sleep * Detours * El Tango de Roxanne from Moulin Rouge * Libertango * Channel One Suite * Rhapsody in Blue * Fantasia on the Dargason (from Second Suite in F) * A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra * Rondeau (from Abdelazer) * Simple Gifts * Kingfishers Catch Fire  
2013 17 81.050 My Heart, My Battle, My Soul - Going Home from New World Symphony * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * House of the Rising Sun * Rolling in the Deep * Jericho  
2014 19 80.100 nevermore - Mind Heist * Huapango (from Octet Comparsas) * The Hymn of Acxiom * Nocturne (Homage to John Field), Op 33 * The Alabados Song  
2015 17 78.550 The Midnight Garden - Cinderella Suite (No. 1, I. Introduction: No 1, III. Quarrel: No 1, VII. Cinderella's Waltz) * Who Is She (from Cinderella) * Pumpkin Pursuit (from Cinderella)  
2016 18 79.275 Hunted - Hunter * NO one To kNOW one * Viola Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op.131d * Death Hunt (from On Dangerous Ground) * Who Wants to Live Forever * Knights of Cydonia  
2017 20 79.050 EnCompass - Enigma Variations * Where the Streets Have No Name * Only Time * The Edge  
2018 Redrum - Dies Irae * Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste * Uninvited * Danse Macabre * Midnight and the Stars and You * Symphony for Organ and Orchestra  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Portland, Oregon.

There have been three different "foundings" for what is now known as the Oregon Crusaders.

1) The original Oregon Crusaders corps was founded in Oregon City in 1971 by brothers Ron and David Jones, with 15-year-old David as Corps Director and 16-year-old Ron as composer, arranger, and drill designer. In its inaugural season, the corps was comprised of ed of a drill team with drum line, and was distinguished for suffering a bus breakdown while the 40-member group was en route to its only scheduled performance of te summer. The brothers reorganized the corps in 1972, and they acquired the sponsorship of the Dickinson’s Gourmet Preserves Company (which is now owned by Smuckers), and the corps took the field as Dickinson’s Oregon Crusaders. In 1973, the corps briefly merged with the Imperial Cadets of Portland and marched that one season as the 115 member Imperial Crusaders. The corps was again the Oregon Crusaders in 1974 and beyond, but after the Jones brothers aged out, the corps lapsed into inactivity and became one more defunct corps among the many. (The Jones brothers would, many years later, work with the current corps--- the reason that this is considered to be one of the three foundings.)

2) In 1999, Rick Wise started a brand new corps in Medford that was named the Southern Oregon Crusaders, but the corps soon also fell by the wayside.

3) In 2001, some of the survivors of the Southern Oregon Crusaders and a new group of staff members reorganized the remnants and made a new go at it in Portland as simply the Oregon Crusaders (OC) with Bill Perkins as executive director.

From 2001 to 2003, the corps grew and performed valiantly throughout the western U.S. while garnering the attention of the larger drum corps community. They built their reputation despite having membership with little or no drum corps experience and a shoestring corps budget that necessitated the corps' borrowing uniforms, horns, and percussion equipment rather than buying their own.

In 2004, on the way to their first Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships in Denver, the Oregon Crusaders performed in 14 Division III contests in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. They won them all. Then, they took first in Division III semifinals over 17 other corps before winning the 2004 DCI Division III World Championship.

In seven of the next eight seasons, the corps competed in Division II and the renamed (in 2008) Open Class and was a Finalist each year. 2011 was the first year that all Open Class corps advanced to World Class prelims. After being runnersup in Open Class, OC finished 22nd in World Class semifinals.

In 2012, the Oregon Crusaders performed in 11 Division II contests in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio on their way to the DCI Open Class World Championships in Michigan City, Indiana. They won them all. Then, they took first in Division II prelims over 13 other corps before winning the 2012 DCI Open ClassII World Championship, the corps' second undefeated crown. Moving on to World Class prelims in Indianapolis, OC again advanced to semifinals with a 19th place finish.

In 2013, DCI approved the Oregon Crusaders' move to World Class. OC has since been a World Class semifinalist each year through 2017.

[Oregon Crusaders; Drum Corps International; Drum Corps World, 7/9/04, p.6]

Members (44)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Anderson, Chris Trumpet 2002 to 2005
Andres, Kayla Front Ensemble 2005 to 2009
Beck, Brian Contra 2008
Bogar, Kent Bassline(4th bass) 2001
Caryl, Marie Color Guard 2005
Clark, Teresa Front Ensamble 2002 to 2003
Clark, Teresa Bass Line? 2004
Clowdus, Ashlee Colorguard 2004
Clowdus, Ashlee Colorguard 2004
Cuthbert, Scott Board 2007 to 2012
Funk, Jo-lene Color Guard 2000 to 2001
Funk, Jo-lene Colorguard 2000 to 2001
Gallacher-Turner, Kyle Bass Line 2002
Garrett, Melanie Soprano 2003
Groves, Robert Percussion & Visual Staff 2001 to 2004
Henderson, Scott baritone 1976 to 1980; 1982
Henderson, Scott Drum Maj 1981
Hoyt, Kirbie Mellophone 2003
Janssen, Brenda Drum Major 2000 to 2002
Logan, Max Mellophone 2008 to 2010
Meininger, Nathan Trumpet 2003; 2008
Meininger, Nathan Soprano 2004
Meininger, Nathan Mellophone 2005 to 2006
Miller, Dillon tuba 2005 to 2006
Moddison, Nate Staff 2001
Moddison, Nate Center Snare 2002
Radford, David Mellophone 2003
Richard, Kristen “KK” Brass Staff 2014
Rynearson, Aaron Euphonium 2001
Schwartz, Sean Snare 2002
Seiler, Samantha Contra 2012
Strecker, James Baritone/Euphonium 2008 to 2012
Vranish, Rick Drum Major 2007
Wartenberg, David Drumline 2006
Wendell, Jarrett snare 2001
Wilson, Jack Baritone 2006
Wilson, Jack Contra 2007
Wilson, Ken Contra/Baritone 2007 to 2009
Witmer, Jesse Baritone 2005
Wiza, Chris Euphonium 2003
Wiza, Chris Contra 2004 to 2005
Yagghiyaei, Shant Hornline (Trumpet) 2014
Young, Chasen Trumpet 2017
Young, Chasen Drum Major 2018

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